If you want to make truly lasting health changes, they have to be a complete lifestyle change, not just a diet. Diets rely on willpower and have a depravation mentality, which sets many people up for failure. The Wellness Lifestyle isn’t about a temporary diet to lose weight or simply accomplish a goal but a true lifestyle change focused on nourishing and strengthening your body from the inside out.
It all starts with food, what you put into your body on a daily basis are the single most important thing you can do for your health.
Eat More Nutrient Dense Foods
Obviously, if a person wants to be healthier, he or she must eat healthier foods, but there are so many opinions of what healthier foods are. Focus on the nourishing and healthy aspects of real foods and focus on trying to incorporate more of them.
Remove grains/sugar and consume more healthy fats. Instead of focusing on not consuming the pizza, donuts, chips, sandwiches, start by just trying to add more healthy foods into your diet. Strive to add more vegetables and healthy fats and focus on the nourishing aspect of food, rather than just the pleasurable one.
Drink More Water
Start the day with a glass of water or herbal tea and drink a glass of water between meals. For those who don’t regularly drink enough water, this change alone may improve sleep and energy levels and get rid of headaches.
There are thousands of supplement options out there and just as many opinions on which ones you should take. At times, it is necessary to supplement certain nutrients to improve absorption of the foods you are eating.
Get Some Sleep
People seem to agree across the board that sleep is important and that missing too much of it too often can hurt your health. Many people notice improved sleep from increasing their Magnesium levels, as Magnesium is important for regulating all hormones, including sleep hormones.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
Stress also has a dramatic impact on the body as it disrupts normal hormone production and can affect everything from blood sugar levels to sleep quality. This can lead to a cascade of hormone and health problems, and reversing them isn’t always as easy as doing some deep breathing or learning to meditate.
Exercise is definitely important, but physique and body shape are made in the kitchen, not the gym. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet without the health issues eventually catching up with you and exercise isn’t an excuse to eat junk food. While cardio type exercise is generally encouraged for weight loss, it turns out that other exercises like weights and high intensity, are better for weight loss, muscle growth and physique improvements.
When a person is in the sun without sunscreen, the body naturally makes Vitamin D, which is protective against many other types of cancers, and even a low SPF sunscreen can prevent this. Instead of slathering on the sunscreen, perhaps we should improve our sun tolerance by eating healthy foods and get sun exposure wisely. There are certain foods and supplements that can work as an internal sunscreen to discourage burning and promote Vitamin D production.
So go on, make the right lifestyle change!